Tain War Memorials

Tain War Memorial project began after being awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the soldiers on Tain War Memorial. We hope to gather as much research as we can on each soldier using various sources on the internet and held locally at other museums, libraries and from the general public.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Lance Corporal William Anderson (France and Flanders WW1)

Tyne Cot Memorial

L/Cpl William Anderson was born at Elgin. He went to school at Tain Royal Academy and then to Edinburgh University where he studied medicine.



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35th Coy., Canadian Forestry Corps

Private William Bruce (France and Flanders WW1)

Grevillers British Cemetery

According to the casualty list (says a Canadian contemporary) another of the few remaining members of the brave little band of Seaforth Highlanders who left Vancouver in August 1914, has given up his life for his country in France. This time it is the name of Pte.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Captain John Henry Budge (France and Flanders WW1)

Tarbat Churchyard

Captain John Henry Budge’s father, Joseph, had been a factor at Wemyss estate for over 30 years before the family purchased Easter Rarachie Farm near Nigg.

Captain Budge joined the local Territorials (4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders).


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2nd Seaforth Highlanders

Lieutenant Alan Cameron (France and Flanders WW1)

Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa

Lt Arthur Ian Douglas Cameron was born at Arpafeelie in the Black Isle to Rev Angus Cameron and Mrs Elizabeth Cameron. Rev Cameron later moved to St Andrew’s Church in Tain with his family.


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2nd Seaforth Highlanders

Sergeant Alan Cameron (France and Flanders WW1)

Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux

Sergeant Allan Cameron was born at Oban and moved with his parents to Nigg, Ross-shire where he worked as a carpenter at Westfield Farm. Allan married and lived with his wife Flora and their child at Lochslin Cottage, Fearn.


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51st Battalion Australian Infantry

Private Kenneth Cameron (Gallipoli WW1)

Portianos Military Cemetery

Private Kenneth Cameron was born at Conon Bridge. He was the son of ex-Police Inspector Cameron who lived in Tain.


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Transvaal Scottish

Lieutenant William Cameron (Africa WW1)

Trekkopje Cemetery, Namibia

Lieutenant William Cameron was the youngest son of Duncan Cameron, Bank Agent with the Commercial Bank in Tain. William was educated at Tain Academy and George Watson’s College, Edinburgh after which he entered the Commercial Bank in Glasgow.


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Private H Campbell (France and Flanders WW1)

Thiepval Memorial

Private Hugh Campbell was born at Melnish. His father George Campbell worked at Mansefield Farm, Tain.



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8th Bn., Canadian Infantry

Corporal Lorne Campbell (France and Flanders WW1)

Haynecourt British Cemetery

Corporal John Lorne Campbell was born at Shinness, Sutherland. He was the son of John Robert Campbell.


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2nd Seaforth Highlanders

Private Thomas Campbell (France and Flanders WW1)

Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension

Private Thomas Campbell was born at Paisley in 1891. His mother Elizabeth Campbell was from Tain and both were at Calrossie by 1901.


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Royal Tank Regiment

Lance Corporal George Christie (North Africa WW2)

Alamein Memorial

Lance Corporal George Christie
7891019, 6th, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private Malcolm Christie (France and Flanders WW1)

Le Touret Memorial

Private Malcolm Christie was born at Edderton and worked for Highland Railway as a surfaceman. He enlisted in the 4th Bn.


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7th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

Lance Corporal William Christie (France and Flanders WW1)

Tyne Cot Memorial

L/Cpl William Christie was born at Edderton. He was the son of Donald and Jessie Christie of Wood Side, Edderton, Ross-shire.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private James Cormack (France and Flanders WW1)

Arras Memorial

Private James Cormack was born at Edderton, Ross-shire. He worked as a ploughman on Moultavie Farm near Alness where his father was the foreman.


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Royal Air Force

Flying Officer George Russell Davidson (Europe WW2)

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery

Flight Sergeant George R Davidson, by Douglas Davidson

In the North Star for February 6th 1943, there appeared an article with the headline "Tain Honours A Hero". What followed was an account of a meeting in the Council Chambers in Tain to celebrate the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal to Flight Sergeant George R Davidson for his "bravery, coolness and initiative whilst on extended operations"

George was the middle son of five born to G B Davidson, Saddler, and Mrs M S Davidson.


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Royal Air Force

Sergeant James Davidson (Battle of the Atlantic WW2)

Runnymede Memorial

Sgt. Pilot James Davidson,

James Davidson was the youngest of five sons born to Baillie G B Davidson and Mrs M S Davidson.


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Major Hugh Duff (France and Flanders WW1)

Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery

Major Hugh John Duff was born at Edderton. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Hugh Duff of Edderton.



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Private John Ewing (France and Flanders WW1)

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez

Private John Ewing was born at Tarbat in Easter Ross, his father, also called John, was the headmaster of Portmahomack School.

John worked in the retail department of Messers Mann, Bryars’ drapery business in Glasgow before the war and it was in Glasgow that he enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders.


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2nd Seaforth Highlanders

Private Thomas Ewing (France and Flanders WW1)

Tyne Cot Memorial

Private Thomas A Ewing was born at Portmahomack. His father was the schoolmaster at Tarbat Old Public School for 39 years.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private A Farquhar

Berlin South-Western Cemetery

Private Alexander Farquhar was born at Fearn, Ross-shire.- He joined the 4th Bn.


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5th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

Private Donald Forbes (France and Flanders WW1)

Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension

Private Donald Forbes was born at Inverness. He was working in Tain before he joined the army.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private James Forbes (France and Flanders WW1)

Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty

Private James Forbes was born at Bonar Bridge. He was the son of Hugh and Jemima Forbes who lived at Ankerville Farm, Nigg, Ross-shire.


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Private William Forbes

Thiepval Memorial

Private William Forbes was born at Edderton and at a young age joined the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. After completion of his time with them, he joined the Inverness Burgh Police Force.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private Alexander Forsyth (Europe WW2)

Bolbec Communal Cemetery, France

Private Alexander Martin Forsyth
2822894, 4th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders who died on 01 February 1940 Age 32
Son of Alexander Martin Forsyth and Sophia Forsyth, of Tain, Ross and Cromarty.


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4th Bn., Gordon Highlanders

Sergeant Andrew Fraser (France and Flanders WW1)

Thiepval Memorial

Sergeant Andrew Fraser was born in Tain on 18th July 1889. His father was William Fraser a builder in Tain.


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Royal Air Force

Aircraftman Andrew Munro Fraser (Home)

Tain St. Duthus Churchyard

Aircraftman 2nd Class Andrew Munro Fraser.
Andrew was involved in a tragic fatal accident on the 10th of November,1943 at R.


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Sergeant Donald Fraser (France and Flanders WW1)

Arras Memorial

Sergeant Donald Fraser was born at Tain. He enlisted in the Lovat Scouts and was serving with the 6th Bn Cameron Highlanders when he was killed in action on 11th April 1917.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Sergeant Angus Fridge (France and Flanders WW1)

Cambrai Memorial, Louverval

Sergeant Angus Fridge was born at Tain. His parent, Mr and Mrs Fridge of 18 Stafford Street, Tain and already lost one son William in 1916.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Sergeant William Fridge (France and Flanders WW1)

Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'abbe

Corporal William Fridge, known as “ Willie” was born in Tain and worked as a painter before he enlisted, along with his brother Angus, in the 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders.

William went to France in 1914 and survived all the fighting unscathed until he died of his wounds on 23rd July 1916.


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Corporal Charles Gordon (France and Flanders WW1)

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval

Corporal Charles Gordon was born at Fearn on 29th January 1896. He went to Tain Royal Academy and then to Aberdeen University where he studied medicine.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Sergeant Alexander Graham (France and Flanders WW1)

Le Touret Memorial

Sergeant Alexander Graham was born at Kildary near Tain. He enlisted in the 4th Bn.


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7th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

Corporal George Graham (France and Flanders WW1)

Tyne Cot Memorial

Corporal George Graham was born at Kildary, Ross-shire. His mother, Jessie Graham, later moved to 10 Murray Street, Tain.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private William Graham (France and Flanders WW1)

Le Touret Memorial

Private William Graham was born in July 1893 to William and Catherine Graham (nee Macleod) at Teaninich Alness. By 1901 the family, including his grandparents, had moved to Glenmorangie Farm near Tain where he joined the 4thTerritorial Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders.



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Private James Grant (France and Flanders WW1)

Tyne Cot Memorial

Private James Grant was born at Tain. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Grant, Woodside, Highmills Road,Tain.



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Private A Harper (France and Flanders WW1)

Carnoy Military Cemetery

Private Alexander Harper, Royal Army Medical Corps, had served with the Cameron Highlanders in the Boer War and was recalled to the army at the start of WWI.

Private Harper had been at the front since August 1914 serving as a stretcher bearer.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Private John Henry (France and Flanders WW1)

Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Thelus

Private John Hendry was born at Tarbat and worked as a farm servant at Rockfield near Portmahomack before the war.

John joined the 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders and went to France in November 1914.


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Sergeant D R Hepburn (France and Flanders WW1)

Arras Memorial

Sergeant Donald Hepburn was born at Tain. Son of Peter Hepburn, of Alness, Ross-shire, and the late Dolina Rose Hepburn.


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Lieutenant Charles Irvine (France and Flanders WW1)

Vis-En-Artois Memorial

Lieutenant Charles Irvine was born in Edinburgh. He married Jessie Ross and worked as a piano tuner, living at 14 Queen Street, Tain.


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Lieutenant W R Kennedy (France and Flanders WW1)

Cambrin Churchyard

Lieutenant William Kennedy was born at Carradale, Argyllshire. He was the son of Dr John Kennedy.


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4th Seaforth Highlanders

Lance Corporal Alexander Learmonth (France and Flanders WW1)

Edinburgh (Piershill) Cemetery

L/cpl Alexander Learmonth was born at Parkhead in Haddingtonshire. His father was the Inspector for the Prudential Insurance Company, Munro Place, Tain.


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